Posts Tagged ‘education’

Study Examines College Experience of Immigrants, Offspring

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012


(WNYC) A new national study may yield some clues about how immigrant and second generation Americans differ from all other undergraduates, and from each other, when they get to college.

The study (PDF) for the U.S. government's National Center for Education Statistics examined students from six states including New York, where 35 percent of college students were either first- or second-generation immigrants.

The foreign-born population in the U.S tripled between 1970 and 2007. A little more than a quarter of all adults aged 25 and older had bachelor's degrees in 2007, regardless of whether or not they were foreign born. But 44 percent of foreign-born? adults had enrolled in college compared to 56 percent of the U.S. born population.

Among undergraduates who were born abroad or whose parents were immigrants, the dominant ethnic groups are Hispanics and Asians.

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Asian American Students Push for Greater Respect on Campus

Sunday, July 15th, 2012


(Alternet) When Twitter accounts “Purdue Asians” and “Kim Jong Il” (with the handles @OrientalSwag and @Purdue_Asian, respectively) started tweeting things like “I sreep for entire crass & stir get better grades than you! :D” Asian American students at Purdue found another reason to sign a petition being circulated for the establishment of an Asian/Asian American cultural center on campus.



“What affected me the most about the account was it was branded Purdue. I chose to go to this school and to see my culture being mocked hurt,” said Tamara Dizon, a sophomore who has been spearheading efforts to create an Asian/Asian American cultural center at her school.

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CA High Schools Are Failing Blacks And Latinos, As Few Offer Pathways To College, Report Says

Monday, July 2nd, 2012


(Huffington Post) California high schools that serve largely Latino or African American students are failing them as pathways to college, according to a new report by a statewide education policy, research and advocacy organization.

Just 10 percent of high schools that serve primarily Latino students have above-average graduation and college-going rates for Latinos. The same is true for African Americans at 24 percent of high schools serving the largest proportions of African American students, the Education Trust–West found. Many students in both populations are low-income.

The college-going rate among Latino and African American students who graduated high school in 2010 lagged behind that of white and Asian students by 20 and more than 30 percentage points, respectively. The estimate, released last week, found 45 percent of Latinos and 46 percent of African Americans in the class of 2010 enrolled in college.

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The future needs of special education students may be in jeopardy

Saturday, June 30th, 2012


( Many African American students are placed in special education programs because they are believed to have learning disabilities.

Once Water Gill wrote, “The plight of African-American males is a growing concern for many educators, parents, and human service professionals.”

In 2009-2010, the Oakland Unified School District placed 2,354 African-American students in special education programs, and in 2010-2011, 2, 337 African American children were placed in special education programs (

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MINORITY REPORT: America Will Be Defined By These Huge Demographic Shifts

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012


(Business Insider) The days of hand-wringing about urban decay have given way to a recognition of cities as key engines of the national and world economies, and with that recognition has come a greater understanding of the role that people play in their dynamism. 

For our discussion of the best places to live twenty years from now, we choose to focus on America’s metropolitan areas—large cities and the nearby towns, suburbs, and exurbs with strong economic, social, and cultural ties to them.

Today, enterprises of all types are less likely to move their employees with them when they relocate, but rather look for a place that already has a well-educated, competitive workforce.

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Asian Americans held back by ‘bamboo ceiling’

Thursday, June 14th, 2012


(Business Times) Asian American families churn out doctors, engineers and graduate students, but their high-achieving image hides a "bamboo ceiling" that marginalises the fastest growing US minority, experts say.

Jonathan Saw, Asia Society's senior advisor for Asian Pacific American Research, said on Monday that a new survey demonstrates an odd mixture of success and disenchantment, with 83 per cent of Asian Americans feeling loyal to their company but only 49 per cent feeling they belong.

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High Cost of Ignoring Minority Students

Monday, June 4th, 2012


(The Root) Recent census data reveal that, for the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half of all children born in the United States, with 50.4 percent of children under age 1 identified as Hispanic, black, Asian American or members of another ethnic minority group.

In terms of the overall population, African Americans are the second-largest minority group in the nation (after Hispanics), with a 1.6 percent increase between 2010 and 2011. Minorities now make up nearly 37 percent of the overall U.S. population, and it's predicted that by 2042, a minority of Americans will be non-Hispanic whites.

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Why Do Asian Americans Have the Worst Long-Term Unemployment?

Friday, June 1st, 2012


(The Atlantic) Asian American are the best educated ethnic group in the United States, by a long shot.* Logically, that means they should have the least severe unemployment, given that more educated workers tend to have an easier time in the job market. Instead, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute, the Asian community suffered from the most severe long-term joblessness of any racial demographic in 2010, during the slow, early period of the economic recovery. 

As shown in the graph below, 48.7 percent of unemployed Asian Americans had been out of a job for 27 weeks or more. Blacks were next, at 48.5 percent, followed by Whites, at 42.7 percent. 

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Asian American Honor Student At Texas High School, Jailed For Missing School

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

(Huffington Post) Diane Tran, a 17-year-old honor student in Texas, was forced to spend the night in jail last week after missing too many classes, KHOU-11's Sherry Williams reports.

The Willis High School junior, who helps support two siblings, has both a full time and part-time job. She said that she's often too tired to go to school.

"She goes from job to job from school," Devin Hill, one of Tran's classmates, told KHOU-11. "She stays up until 7:00 in the morning doing her homework."

In an interview with KHOU-11, Tran said she takes AP Spanish, college level algebra and dual credit English and history courses. Her parents divorced and no longer live near her, so she lives with the family that owns the wedding venue where she works on weekends.

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Oakland Schools Report Shows Black Male Students At High Risk Of Dropping Out

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012


(Huffington Post) High rates of chronic absence, suspension and poor academic performance signal that more than half of African American male students in the Oakland Unified School District are at risk of dropping out, according to new research.

The Urban Strategies Council, an Oakland-based community advocacy organization, found significant disparities between African American boys and their peers: Fifty-five percent of black boys in the 2010-11 school year were falling off course from graduation or were at risk of doing so, compared with 37.5 percent of students overall in the district.

From kindergarten through 12th grade, researchers found that black boys struggled with regular attendance and suspensions and scoring proficiently on standardized tests or maintaining grades above a C average – warning signs that they might drop out.

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